Monday, February 11, 2013

Good Riddance to Pope Benedict XVI

In addition to being up to his ears in the orchestration of the cover ups for and protection of sexual predator priests who were regularly shuffled from parish to parish were they raped and molested more children and youths, soon to be former Pope Benedict XVI has gone out of his way to denigrate and malign LGBT individuals and to thwart the advancement of our civil legal rights.  Andy Towle has a compilation of some of the hate filled and foul statements Benedict XVI has made about/against gays.  Here are highlights:

The Pope has said in recent months that gays "[manipulate] their God-given identities to suit their sexual choices — and [destroy] the very 'essence of the human creature' in the process". Benedict said in December that gay marriage offends human truth, and threatens justice and peace.

He also blessed the lawmaker behind Uganda's "kill the gays" bill.

Last September he called gay marriages "defective" and called on U.S. Bishops last March to defend against the passage of marriage equality laws.

[H]e has said in November 2010 "sexuality has an intrinsic meaning and direction, which is not homosexual," a follow-up to a September 2010 attack in which he said that marriage equality laws "contribute to the weakening of the principles of natural law" and to "confusion about society’s values."

In May 2010 he called gay marriage "dangerous" and "insidious". A few months earlier he said "In some respects it actually violates the natural law upon which the equality of all human beings is grounded and by which it is guaranteed.”
Gays endanger humanity, he said in January 2010, right after embracing an anti-gay Holocaust denier.
In December 2008 Pope Benedict said that saving humanity from homosexual or transsexual behavior was just as important as saving the rainforest from destruction.

In 2007, he called gay marriage an obstacle to world peace. These statements were "non-negotiable" he told Catholic lawmakers, politicians, and those in power.

At Christmas in 2006, the Pope "warned that mankind would destroy its own identity should it follow theories which place same-sex couples at the same level as husband and wife." He added that supporting same-sex marriage "tacitly accredits those dismal theories that strip all relevance from the masculinity and femininity of the human being as though it were a purely biological issue."

Of course while making all of these anti-gay statements. Benedict and his henchmen in bishoprics around the world were busy doing all they could to avoid facing accountability for the sexual abuse of tens of thousands - if not hundreds of thousand - of children and youths around the globe.  I say good riddance to Benedict XVI.

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